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The Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes, is a 54 member board of local elected officials and citizen members, appointed to represent you on regional issues. This board is supported by a staff of 18 professionals with broad experience, and doctorates or masters degrees, in a variety of areas including urban and regional planning, community development, economics, engineering, government, history, law, landscape architecture, political science, sustainable development, transportation, geography and other disciplines.

Draft Fiscal Year 2020 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The draft Fiscal Year 2020 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is now available for public review and comment. The UPWP lists all of the transportation studies and planning tasks the RPC intends to undertake in the upcoming fiscal year.

The Regional Planning Commission will receive comments from the public on this draft document at its next monthly meeting on April 9, 2019 at 12:30 PM, held at the Regional Transportation Management Center, 10 Veterans Blvd., New Orleans, 70124. You may also provide comments in writing to by the same date.

Click here to review the Draft 2020 UPWP

2019 Air Quality Awareness Video Contest - Entries due May 3rd

Contest theme: Ground-Level Ozone Prevention; Participants must be enrolled in a high school located in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard or St. Charles parish. Click the link below for full eligibility, scoring criteria, mandatory permission form, and prizes. Winning entries will be featured during Louisiana Air Quality Awareness Month (May)!

Click here for more info about the contest

General Meyer Avenue Complete Streets Study

The Regional Planning Commission is working with the City of New Orleans to conduct a Complete Streets Study of the General Meyer Corridor from Behrman to Woodland Dr. The first public meeting was held Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Algiers Regional Library. You will find the public meeting notice with an explanation of the Complete Streets strategy and the materials provided at the public meeting including a the looping power point presentation and handout here . These can also be accessed from the RPC home page by clicking on the Transportation tab, then Projects/Current Projects/General Meyer Complete Streets. A second public meeting is planned in May (no date is set yet) that will reflect the public’s feedback, technical analysis and design possibilities.

All interested parties are encouraged to provide comments after reviewing the materials found here . Written comments may also be mailed or emailed to: General Meyer Complete Streets, P.O. Box 56845, New Orleans, LA 70156 or Comments should include commenter's name and address. Comments postmarked or received by 2/21/19 will become part of the meeting record.

For more information contact us at 504-488-4745 or

The Regional Planning Commission September 2018 Newsletter is now available. Topics in this edition include:

  • 2019 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Comment Period Now Open
  • EPA Awards RPC $600,000 for Brownfields Assessments
  • Mississippi River Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony in St. Bernard Parish
  • Free Bicycle Helmets and Light Kits Distributed via RPC's Safe Streets For Everyone Campaign
  • Agenda Now Available for the Clean Fuels Summit 2018 at NOLA Motorsports Park
  • EPP Discusses Hurricane Season 2018, Tours University Medical Center
  • Upcoming meetings, events, and more!

  • Click here to access the newsletter. To sign up for our email distribution list, please contact Courtney Young at

RPC Promotes Life-Saving Programs and Infrastructure Improvements at Louisiana's Highway Safety Summit

Louisiana is on a mission to reach Destination Zero Deaths . In order to get there, collaboration between Enforcement, Emergency Services, Engineering, and Education (the four E's) is critical. To facilitate the exchange of ideas and national best practices, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) held their biennial Destination Zero Deaths Highway Safety Summit. North Shore Regional Safety Coalition Coordinator Nelson Hollings participated in a panel of top safety experts to emphasize the importance of data-driven highway safety initiatives such as the Stop the Knock program which aims to reduce vehicle fatalities in Louisiana.

The State of Louisiana Submits Proposal for Alternative Fuel Corridor Designation

As part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and to improve the mobility of alternative fuel vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requested states to nominate Alternative Fuel Corridors with plug-in electric vehicle charging, propane, compressed and liquefied natural gas (CNG and LNG), and hydrogen fueling along interstates. Louisiana, through the Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) submitted a request for alternative fuel corridor designation during the second round of nominations. RPC's Clean Fuel Partnership submitted stations and data from the region and provided feedback on the preliminary map renderings.


2020 Census Participants Statistical Areas Program (PSAP)

PSAP is the only opportunity prior to the 2020 Census offered to regional, tribal, state, county,and local governments to review and update selected statistical areas. The Census Bureau uses the statistical areas defined for the 2020 Census for the 2020 enumeration and also  to tabulate data for the American Community Survey throughout the decade.

RPC will work with its parishes as needed to update Census boundaries in GIS.  In January 2019 the PSAP delineation phase begins.  Designated participants have 120 calendar days to submit updates.  Webinars will be held during this period. 

Download the URISA Census 2020 PSAP FAQ
Download the RPC PSAP PowerPoint in pdf format from December 11, 2018
View 2020 GUPS Demo Video (MP4)
Download 'How to start a new PSAP Project'
Download the PSAP FAQ
Download the URISA Geospatial Data Act FAQ


CENSUS 2010: Download GIS files

(PL-171-redistricting data)

Census 2010 parish, tract, block group and block geographies joined with total population, population by race, and housing occupancy data.  These files are formatted as shapefiles for use in GIS software (download is a zipped file).    A methodology paper describing the RPC process of downloading and formatting categorical names and of summarizing race data is available with each download. 
For a quick map view demonstrating demographic changes between 2000 and 2010 please click on the hyperlink below and zoom into your specific area of interest:

NY Times: Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census

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